Rugged portable RF/IF signal recorder targets military and aerospace apps - Embedded.com

Rugged portable RF/IF signal recorder targets military and aerospace apps

The Model RTR 2729A rugged portable recorder from Pentek, Inc., targeted for military and aerospace applications, is the newest member of Pentek's Talon RF/IF signal recording and playback systems. Equipped with a 3.6 GHz 12-bit A/D converter, the RTR 2729A is capable of capturing an extremely wide band of signals in real time to disk and has ultra-high sustained recording rates of up to 4.8 GB/s. The user-programmable DDC (digital downconverter) allows the system to capture tunable IF signals with bandwidths up to 360 MHz continuously for over four hours. The RTR 2729A is the first portable recorder based on a new packaging scheme that boasts a smaller package, lighter weight, and faster data rates.

The RTR 2729A uses a high-powered Pentek Virtex-7-based Onyx software radio board with a PCIe Gen. 3 engine to provide data streaming for the high-speed A/D converter. Coupled with a high-performance PCIe Gen. 3 SATA III RAID controller, the RTR 2729A is capable of streaming contiguous data to disk in real time at rates up to 4.8 GB/sec, which is 2.4 times faster than the previous generation. Even though the RTR 2729A is 25% smaller than its predecessor, it delivers twice the storage capacity and more than double the recording speed. In addition, the DC power supply option makes it ideal for use in vehicles.

The RTR 2729A features a portable, lightweight housing measuring only 16.0” W x 6.9” D x 13.0” H, weighing just less than 30 pounds. This extremely rugged workstation is reinforced with shock absorbing rubber corners and an impact-resistant protective glass for its high resolution 17″ LCD monitor.

The hot-swappable Solid State Drive (SSD) array is available in 7.6 TB and 15.3 TB configurations and supports RAID levels 0, 1, 5, or 6. The SSDs are meticulously qualified by Pentek for optimum use in rugged and portable applications. The hot swappable solid-state drives exhibit high immunity to shock and vibration for full operation in ground vehicles, ships and aircraft.

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